Ca' Dario Ristorante

4.6
1359 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
"Anything grilled is divine, and the rest of the menu is delectable at this charming Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara known for its excellent execution of simple pasta, meats and other classics. A fantastic wine list with many available by the glass; its a local favorite, so reservations are a must."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1359 people are saying
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Owensda
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Ca' Dario used to be my go to Italian spot when in Santa Barbara. Wow, it has dropped a ton in quality and offerings since the last time I was there.

Wine list is limited and they did not have my first choice available even though it was on their list. They don't carry any Zinfandel/Primitivo options.

When asked if we could add italian sausage to any of our meals, they informed us they don't serve italian sausage anymore....

Lastly, the server was not very knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Very cozy.

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nancyh
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience4

It was rather shocking that they asked us to move from our table when we had already been served our dinner and were enjoying our wine so that they could accommodate a VIP.. whatever that means to them. I plan to speak to the owner about this .. very bad manners.

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vipErynE
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious and excellent service, highly recommended!

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JohnJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ca Dario did it up right! The Puttanesca sauce on their capellini was excellent and the filet of sole was over the moon delicious.

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! Wait staff was attentive, food was delish and lovely cocktails.

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caroln
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious.
Readily adapted to meet dietary needs.
Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food! Great Service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious 4 course meal!

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PaulB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely thanksgiving dinner. Food was delicious and service was great.

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Pamela
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant staff, and delicious food! Their outdoor area on Victoria St. is very quiet, at least on Thanksgiving, which is when we dined there.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great foods and excellent service.

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BobR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
61 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We do love Ca'Dario, we really do. But is it ever noisy!!!! The answer is to go to the Ca'Dario out in Goleta. Same wonderful food, terrific wait staff, but much more peaceful.

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Marlowe
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was perfect from the ambience to the food and service.
Tony was great.

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vipKiwi77
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Took my girlfriend there for her birthday and she loved it!

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VictoriaK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent choice of authentic Italian foods. Meals well prepared and served. Attentive staff. We will definitely return to experience many of the selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious but seemed so rushed and felt like they wanted us to finish and leave. Tried to pick up plates before we were even finished.

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CarylB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, service. One of our favorites outside of Italy!!!

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vips2artr
Los Angeles
367 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Server was very attentive and prompt with the food delivery. Presentation was very impressive. The filet o Sole in lemon sauce was delicious. The raviolis were outstanding. My wife ordered the terra cotta baked chicken and was not happy with that dish. The chicken was overcooked and mushy. We were celebrating our grandson's 20th birthday and were in Santa Barbara as he is attending and living at UCSB. The birthday dessert was enjoyed!
When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess greeted us with a happy birthday greeting. She was very sweet and should be complimented. We will return again the next time we are in Santa Barbara.

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JuJu
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ca’Dario
Is an excellent restaurant for Italian Food - casual and always delicious.

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frankie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, friendly staff, great food!

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carolt
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most excellent meal on Saturday evening! Perfect place to carb load before the SB 1/2 Marathon!

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vipPamelaT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ca' Dario has been our go-to restaurant in Santa Barbara since we moved to the area 4 years ago and it never disappoints. Food and service is consistently excellent. Don't expect "red sauce Italian" here. The food is sophisticated and comforting at the same time. It's always challenging to decide whether to order our "old favorites" from the regular menu, or to order the enticing specials. Either way, you can't go wrong. Fish, which is so often overcooked in some restaurants, is expertly prepared here. Desserts are exceptional too. The service is friendly and professional. Highly recommended.

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vipPeteH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. 1st time there and will be back when we visit Santa Barbara again.

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WendyF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Delicious, flavorful food and wonderful ambience. We will come again!

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JeffreyB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious. I wish Ca' Dario had a larger selection of gluten free items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and the service was perfect and the food was perfect just a little expensive for me. So delicious it’s my dream dish the ravioli.

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vipJenniferS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Timothy
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great little restaurant in Santa Barbara. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and ambiance. The food was outstanding. I had a chicken cooked in a crock with a mushroom and vegetable sauce and grilled polenta, and my wife had spinach pasta. Both were excellent. We went on Friday night, and the vibe was quite lively and busy. My only knock was that the servers were extremely busy that night and we did not get a lot of attention, but overall I had a great experience and would go back again.

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LiLi
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night out. Good food and excellent service. We were seated quickly and had a lovely evening.

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LucasT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our family of 4 ate at 5 places during our time in Santa Barbara. None were bad, actually I would rate all above average, but overall this was the best. Good values on wine by the bottle, and a versatile menu that adults and kids both gorged on.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food. We’ve never had anything less than an excellent experience at Ca’Dario.

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SerenaW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!!! Best Italian. Love the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food at a reasonable price. Great wine selection too!

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Sblocal
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chicken dish cooked in terra cotta pit with mushrooms would have been even better with less salt.

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JodiC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large party celebrating a belated anniversary and two birthdays. Food quality was superb , wait staff was very attentive and the ambiance warm and lively. Great downtown Santa Barbara location close to everything including the Courthouse and Downtown. We were all very pleased with our meal and the service and will certainly be back soon.

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Deltalady
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food! My favorite in Santa Barbara by far. It feels like you are in a neighborhood New York Italian restaurant. Warm staff, great service and awesome food!

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SeeZ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ca'Dario is consistently good. I love the whole grilled (broiled?) branzino, which was on the Specials menu last night. It comes with a side of veggies. They have a good wine selection too.
My partner had the chicken risotto, which he said lacked flavor. He added salt and it was good. The side of veggies that came with the fish were tepid, but otherwise fine.

FAQs

Ca' Dario Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 884-9419 ext. 1.

Ca' Dario Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 1359 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.